The voting for the second phase and the final phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly elections has begun today.
The second phase elections will be held in 72 constituencies in 19 districts, out of the 90-member Assembly. However, the polling will begin for the two constituencies- in Amaamora and Modh polling has begun from 7 am to 3 pm while voting in the remaining constituencies will start from 8 am to 5 pm.
As per the reports of ANI, ahead of the voting, mock polling was organised at Surguja polling station in Ambikapur.
Visuals from a polling station in Bilaspur district's Pendra. Voting for the second phase of #ChhattisgarhElections2018 will be conducted today. 72 constituencies will undergo voting at 8 am today.
Chhattisgarh: Visuals from a polling station in Bilaspur district's Pendra. Voting for the second phase of #ChhattisgarhElections2018 will be conducted today. 72 constituencies will undergo voting at 8 am today. pic.twitter.com/6aiydKuluz— ANI (@ANI) November 20, 2018
The preparation for the elections have already conducted and, Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) have installed at the polling booths.
Also, the security has been tightened in the state and over lakh of security personnel have been deployed to ensure that no Naxal attacks can take place.
As many as 1,079 candidates, including 72 each from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress, both of them are fighting to win the seats in the state. There were a total of 19,296 polling booths have been installed for the second phase voting.
The prominent faces from BJP are: state Assembly speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal from the Kasdol seat and nine ministers Brijmohan Agrawal (Raipur City South), Rajesh Munat (Raipur City West), Amar Agrawal (Bilaspur), Bhaiyyalal Rajwade (Baikunthpur), Ramsevak Paikra (Pratappur), Punnulal Mohile (Mungeli), Prem Prakash Pandey (Bhilai Nagar), Dayaldas Baghel (Nawagarh) and Ajay Chandrakar (Kurud), and state chief Dharamlal Kaushik (Bilha).
While candidates from Congress side are: former Union minister Charandas Mahant (Shakti), Congress state chief Bhupesh Baghel (Patan) and Leader of Opposition TS Singhdeo (Ambikapur).
-With ANI inputs